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Chef Spotlight: Vivian Howard of Lenoir in Charleston, South Carolina

Vivian Howard grew up in Lenoir County, North Carolina. She has authored two award-winning cookbooks, created and starred in TV shows Somewhere South and A Chef’s Life, and owns four restaurants—including her latest, Lenoir, in Charleston.

Share the water with 18 toothy predators at Georgia Aquarium’s shark exhibit

I am in a cage with my 12-year-old daughter, lowering, ever so slowly, into a tank full of sharks at the Georgia Aquarium. Ice-cold water meets my ankles and begins streaming inside my wetsuit boots.

This standout side dish from Alabama restaurant Helen embodies the flavors of summer

The smell of rib-eye steaks sizzling on an indoor grill brings Rob McDaniel right back to his grandmother’s house in Oneonta, Alabama. His vivid memories of her cooking inspired him to become a chef, and now his downtown Birmingham restaurant, named Helen in her honor, is garnering national accolades for its Southern-inspired cuisine.

5 spectacular light shows courtesy of Mother Nature

Thanks to its next-to-nonexistent level of light pollution, this remote park at the entrance of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is one of the best places in the country to stargaze.

Where to eat, drink, sleep, and shop in Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Ocean Springs is a small town of abundant beauty—the natural kind found in the twisting branches of live oaks and the stunning sunsets at Front Beach, but also the type meticulously crafted on a pottery wheel or in a glass-blowing studio.

Road trip guide to Northeast Florida’s A1A

For decades, Florida’s A1A has been synonymous with beach vacations, a two-lane ticket to fun in the sun. Long stretches hug the Atlantic coast, offering stunning views of the ocean and the sandy shore.

One City, Three Ways: Louisville, Kentucky

While Louisville may shine especially bright on the first Saturday of May, there’s much more to Louisville than big hats and fast horses.

Every summer, visitors to the Blue Ridge Mountains are treated to this stunning show of color

Called the “King of Shrubs,” the rhododendron loves high altitudes; it’s the national flower of Nepal and a familiar sight in the Southern Appalachians, where blossoms of white, pink, red, and purple paint the tallest slopes in the eastern United States.

Enjoy destination dining, local wine, history, and art in the vibrant mountainside city of Charlottesville

Nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Shenandoah National Park, Charlottesville, Virginia, is perhaps best known as the home of two former presidents (Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe) and the University of Virginia. But beyond its presidential pedigree and handsome neoclassical campus, the city is an ideal location for a few days away.

Stay & Eat: 3 new, outstanding hotel restaurants around the Southeast

The terrace-level restaurant in Midtown’s swank Epicurean Hotel serves creative dishes like hay-smoked rack of lamb and king trumpet oyster mushrooms with cherry confit.

A perfect day in New Orleans

Jazz musician Robin Barnes shares her ideal 24 hours in her hometown.

The Dwell Hotel
Marked by top-notch service and designed to the hilt, these hotels aren’t just a place to stay; they’re stylish destinations in their own right. Our top five picks—all opened within the last year—are within 330 miles of Atlanta for a chic weekend escape. Read the full list.


Georgia’s landscape has everything from the rugged Appalachians to granite monadnocks and shady creekside trails. We whittled it down to 12 great hikes, fit for an experienced backpacker, day-tripper, or even an urban crusader (two are ITP!). Discover scenic spots and find out which trail is Georgia’s toughest. Get out there and hike

Chef Spotlight: Vivian Howard of Lenoir in Charleston, South Carolina

Vivian Howard grew up in Lenoir County, North Carolina. She has authored two award-winning cookbooks, created and starred in TV shows Somewhere South and A Chef’s Life, and owns four restaurants—including her latest, Lenoir, in Charleston.